Mental Health

As the young person arrives, there is a warm and friendly welcome. They are given ESOL lessons and encouraged to connect with others through workshops.

Days 1-2

NEEDS:

  • Comfort & encouragement

As the young person arrives, there is a warm and friendly welcome.  They are given the space to rest and recover from their journey.

Weeks 1-2

NEEDS:

  • Creating a sense of belonging – linking to wider community of asylum seekers and Baca young people
  • Implementing a structure to the day

The young people are linked in to the wider group through workshops and ESOL lessons.  This gives them opportunity to meet others from similar cultures and background and to learn they are not alone.

Starting lessons and set activities quickly helps to put structure in place for the young person.

Months 1-4

NEEDS:

  • Identification of specific needs
  • Support & resilience building strategies

All support staff are trained in different areas of mental health awareness and in all lessons, workshops and support sessions there is an awareness to look out for signs of problems.

The young people attend therapeutic art sessions, allowing them the opportunity to start to process and share experiences in a non-verbal way.  Physical workshops also assist in the therapeutic support.

Semi Independence & Move to Independence

NEEDS:

  • Ongoing support through extra curriculum activities & skills development
  • Continued support to build resilience and help to access specialist services as required.

Art support continues both 1to1 and group work.  Different activities such as weekly sports sessions provide different outlets for energy and tensions.

If specific needs are identified, the young person is supported through to specialist counselling through CAHMS or other specialist services such as bereavement counselling.